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Language code (ASCL 2005) NN{NN}

Identifying and definitional attributes

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METeOR identifier:Help on this term304116
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Standard 10/02/2006
Health, Superseded 13/10/2011
Community Services (retired), Superseded 13/10/2011
Definition:Help on this termThe ASCL (2005) code set representing languages.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termNN{NN}
Maximum character length:Help on this term4

Collection and usage attributes

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The Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL) has a three- level hierarchical structure. The most detailed level of the classification consists of base units (languages) which are represented by four-digit codes. The second level of the classification comprises narrow groups of languages (the Narrow Group level), identified by the first two digits. The most general level of the classification consists of broad groups of languages (the Broad Group level) and is identified by the first digit. The classification includes Australian Indigenous languages and sign languages.

For example, the Lithuanian language has a code of 3102. In this case 3 denote that it is an Eastern European language, while 31 denote that it is a Baltic language. The Pintupi Aboriginal language is coded as 8713. In this case 8 denote that it is an Australian Indigenous language and 87 denote that the language is Western Desert language.

Language data may be output at the Broad Group level, Narrow Group level or base level of the classification. If necessary significant Languages within a Narrow Group can be presented separately while the remaining Languages in the Narrow Group are aggregated. The same principle can be adopted to highlight significant Narrow Groups within a Broad Group.

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Language code (ASCL 1997) NN{NN} Health, Superseded 08/02/2006, Community Services (retired), Superseded 04/04/2006

Supersedes Language code (ASCL 1997) N[NNN] Community Services (retired), Superseded 04/04/2006

Has been superseded by Language code (ASCL 2011) NN{NN} Housing assistance, Standard 13/10/2011, Health, Superseded 25/01/2018, Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018, Tasmanian Health, Archived 27/06/2017, Disability, Standard 13/08/2015, Children and Families, Superseded 20/01/2021, Community Services (retired), Standard 13/10/2011

Supersedes Language code NN Health, Superseded 08/02/2006

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Person—first language spoken, code (ASCL 2005) NN{NN} Housing assistance, Superseded 30/05/2013
Health, Superseded 13/10/2011
Community Services (retired), Superseded 13/10/2011

Person—main language other than English spoken at home, code (ASCL 2005) NN{NN} Housing assistance, Superseded 30/05/2013
Health, Superseded 13/10/2011
Community Services (retired), Superseded 13/10/2011

Person—preferred language, code (ASCL 2005) NN{NN} Health, Superseded 13/10/2011
Community Services (retired), Superseded 13/10/2011

Classification scheme attributes

Classification scheme:Australian Standard Classification of Languages 2005
Synonymous names:Help on this termASCL 2005
METeOR identifier:Help on this term304118
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Standard 10/02/2006
Health, Superseded 17/11/2011
Community Services (retired), Superseded 17/11/2011
Definition:Help on this termThe Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) classification for the languages spoken by Australians.
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The ASCL has a three-level hierarchical structure.

Languages are grouped together into progressively broader categories on the basis of their evolution from a common ancestral language, and on the basis of geographic proximity of areas where a particular language originated.

Collection and usage attributes

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The ASCL is intended for use in the collection, aggregation and dissemination of data relating to the language use of the Australian population, or subsets of the population.

Indexes in alphabetical and numerical order are available, see the Origin: attribute.

Source and reference attributes

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Australian Bureau of Statistics 2005. Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL) 2005. Cat No. 1267.0. 2nd Edition, Canberra: ABS. Viewed 29 July 2005

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If you require further information about this classification please email: social.classifications@abs.gov.au or telephone the Standards Support Hotline on (02) 6252 5736.

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